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City of Fairfield, Ohio

Article V


THE MAYOR

§5.01 ELECTION, TERM OF OFFICE.

The Mayor shall be elected from the City at large for a term of office of four years commencing on the first day of January following his or her election. (Amended 11-5-96)

§5.02 POWERS AND DUTIES.

(A) The Mayor shall preside at all meetings of the Council and shall have those powers, duties and functions as provided under Section 3.04 of this Charter. The Mayor shall not have veto power over ordinances or resolutions passed by the Council.

(B) The Mayor shall exercise judicial powers conferred on mayors of municipal corporations by the laws of Ohio.

(C) The Mayor shall be recognized as the head of the City government for ceremonial purposes.

(D) The Mayor shall be the head of the City government for all military purposes in time of war, national emergency, riot or insurrection, or other emergency threatening the safety of life or property within the City; and as such head shall have all the powers, duties and functions granted by the Constitution and laws of Ohio to mayors or other chief executives of municipal corporations, or as granted to the Mayor by ordinances or resolutions adopted by the Council.

(E) The Mayor shall have other powers, duties and functions as provided by this Charter, the Constitution of Ohio, the ordinances and resolutions passed by the Council, and the laws of Ohio to the extent that such laws do not conflict with and are consistent with this Charter and the City's ordinances and resolutions.

§5.03 VACANCY.

(A) In the event of a vacancy in the office of Mayor, the Vice-Mayor shall act as the Mayor, with all the powers, duties and functions of the Mayor, until the Council appoints one of its members to serve for the unexpired term of the Mayor. If no member of Council shall accept the appointment as the Mayor, the Council shall appoint an elector of the City to serve for the unexpired term of the Mayor. The appointment by the Council shall be by a majority vote of its members, and a member who is nominated for such appointment may vote thereon.

(B) The Vice-Mayor shall retain his office as a member of Council and all rights and privileges thereof while acting as Mayor under this section.

(C) The vacancy created in the Council as a result of filling a vacancy in the office of Mayor by the appointment of a Council member as the Mayor shall be filled pursuant to Section 3.10 of this Charter.